How the Dow Jones industrial average fared

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Associated Press

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 1:03 AM

Stocks closed mostly higher Thursday as upbeat earnings news from several large U.S. companies encouraged investors.

General Electric, Morgan Stanley and PepsiCo all moved higher after reporting their first-quarter financial results. The major stock indexes spent much of the day hovering between small gains and losses ahead of their scheduled close for Good Friday.

On Thursday:

The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 16.31 points, or 0.1 percent, to 16,408.54.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index gained 2.54 points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,864.85.

The Nasdaq composite added 9.29 points, or 0.2 percent, to 4,095.52.

For the week:

The Dow is up 381.79 points, or 2.4 percent.

The S&P 500 has risen 49.16 points, or 2.7 percent.

The Nasdaq is up 95.78 points, or 2.4 percent.

For the year:

The Dow is down 168.12 points, or 1 percent.

The S&P 500 index is up 16.49 points, or 0.9 percent.

The Nasdaq composite is down 81.07 points, or 1.9 percent.

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